Monday, July 20, 2015

At Least 30 Killed in Explosion in Turkish Town; Seen as IS Suicide Bombing in Town Near Syria

At least 30 people were killed today (July 20, 2015) in an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, some 10 kilometers from the border with Syria, the Euro News website reports.

Turkish officials said that evidence suggested an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) suicide attack had caused the blast.

It occurred outside a cultural center in the town. Pervin Buldan -- a senior MP in the pro-Kurdish HDP Party -- said the incident occurred as Turkish and Kurdish youths gathered at the center ahead of a planned trip to the Syrian town of Kobani.

Local officials say they are investigating the possibility it may be a suicide bombing. The Interior Ministry is labeling the incident a "terrorist attack." It said around 100 people are being treated for wounds in local hospitals and there are concerns the death toll will rise.

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